Advice and Wasted Paper | a writing blog

Posted 23 September, 2017 by katheryn13 in blog, Kat's Writing, Updates / 1 Comment

Hey all. Another writing post. Agh!
So since my last post I printed out my first draft. YAY! And since THEN I’ve also been trying out writing the story in third person. Well, today. I mean, I had tried before and I’d struggled with what POV to go with, and then I was over thinking it all, so I took a few weeks off.
Now, though, I’m really thinking it might work better in 3rd person because it gives me a bit more freedom. I can also add in other POVs and not have them look weird. Like before, if I had my MC in first person, having another POV in third wouldn’t have flowed so well, y’know? Anyway, so far so good.
I’m going to call this my second draft and add in new characters, etc.
However, it’s also making me regret printing out the first draft, especially if this new one is going to be a completely different tense. I mean WHYYYYYYYY! I had this sudden thought that I could take the pages I already printed, turn them around and use the back side to print on the next draft. HAHAHA then I could have both styles to go by. 😛 Maybe not, then?
On another writing note, I’ve been really digging the writing advice books. I mean, hey, I’m in a reading slump so why not just get non-fiction as well. What difference is it gonna make? I’ve never really been into non-fiction unless it was auto-biographies. I got a couple of books from the library, and ordered two online. One came today from Amazon, “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults” by Cheryl B. Klein. I’d like to thank The Book Nut (@HeartbreakDX) on twitter for giving me a long list of recommended books to choose from.
I was a bit apprehensive of which ones to get because like I said I’m not really hip on the non-fiction side of things, and I didn’t know if I would even read them. I’m one of those people who doesn’t really read instructions, and I prefer to dive in and figure shit out along the way. Hence why I kind of give up on things really easily. HAHA. I might read advice books, but does any of it sink in and will I use any of it? I don’t know. A lot of what I’m reading is stuff I already know, though I may not put it to practice. 
Also I feel kind of intelligent and sophisticated to have non-fiction writing books on my shelves (providing I can even find space them to begin with!) like “here, look at me, I’m a real writer now!” LOL or not. 
I’m determined to polish this story up until I can see my reflection in it (metaphorically speaking. I don’t actually want to see myself in it. That’d be depressing for both audiences. lol) and if that means changing the tense from 1st to 3rd person, then so be it. I just don’t want to get half way through the story this way and lose the flow. :/ Oh well. I guess that’s part of the parcel.
Well, thanks for listening to my ramblings. Do any of you have any advice books you swear by?
-Kat
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One Response to “Advice and Wasted Paper | a writing blog”

  1. Jen

    Naw, if it gave you a different perspective and inspired your writing, then I don’t see it as a waste of paper. You can always use the back for notes.

    I have a ton of writing books on my kindle and off. A lot is more for establishing a habit and actually getting myself to sit down and write, but there’s a wide variety. They’re my weakness and if it’s cheap on kindle, then I tend to nab them. :’D

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